THE leader of Southampton City Council says she would be "delighted" to see the city host next year's Eurovision.

The UK is set to host the popular song contest in 2023 on behalf of warn-torn Ukraine.

Following the announcement on Monday, Cllr Satvir Kaur said Southampton has "plenty to offer".

The leader of the Labour council said: "We have a strong cultural offering and have hosted plenty of international events before but obviously have no control over where Eurovision will be hosted."

The BBC will act as host broadcaster of the 67th edition after the UK’s Sam Ryder came second this year.

The BBC has confirmed the process to select the host city for next year's contest will begin this week.

Among the possible host cities are London, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Manchester who have all expressed an interest.

The BBC will manage the bidding alongside the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and expects it to be completed by the autumn.

Winner Ukraine is unable to host the show due to the Russian invasion.

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